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Searching for jobs

To search for job opportunities, click search. Use the drop-down menus to narrow your search results by artform, region, full or part-time positions and whether the position is paid or voluntary. You can also search for the most recently posted jobs.

You must be a subscriber to email other members who have posted job opportunities. Subscribing is quick, easy and free. Subscribe now.

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Searching for news

To search for news events relevant to your artform, region or by date, use the drop down menus to narrow your search results. You must be a subscriber to email other members who have posted news events.

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Posting a job opportunity or a news item

First you must subscribe to the mailing list service. If you are already a subscriber, simply log in and go to the Arts Jobs or Arts News list.  At the top of each page there is a link to 'submit a job ad' or 'submit a news story'.  Click on the relevant link and then fill in the form, including all the mandatory fields and:

  • the location of the job or news event
  • the closing date, if applicable
  • additional contact details if applicable
  • short descriptive text; there is a 350 word limit

You can preview and edit your message, then when you are happy to post, click 'post message'. Your posting will then be sent for moderation and usually published to the list within three working days.

If the job you post requires applicants to work with children or young/vulnerable adults please include information about security checks that may be required.  CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) information must be included in job vacancies that require applicants to work with children and/or young/vulnerable adults.

We recognise that volunteering opportunities can be of great benefit to artists wishing to develop their career, and to more established artists wishing to bring in extra skills and support to their project. However, you should ensure that if you post a volunteer opportunity it is genuine. You cannot use 'volunteers' to do work that you would otherwise have to pay someone to do. Further advice and guidance can be found at Volunteering England.

Nationally recognised minimum rates are set by the entertainment unions and the appropriate employers' bodies. Entertainment union members can access information about rates from their union. Where entertainment union rates exist, we expect at least the minimum rate to be applied. There are at present no national professional organisations for some sectors (including visual artists).

Following a ruling by the Office of Fair Trading on competition law, we are not able to offer guidelines on rates of pay for artists.

The National Minimum Wage Act (1998) and the National Minimum Wage Regulations (1999) (as amended by the National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 (Amendment) Regulations 2001) place obligations on employers to pay their workers at least the national minimum wage.

For more details visit the HM Revenue and Customs website or the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) website. BERR also run a National Minimum Wage helpline on 0845 6000 678.

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General guidelines

  • all postings are moderated before being approved for publication to the lists or being emailed to our subscribers
  • Arts Council England reserves the right to refuse any posting without notice and without explanation; postings must be relevant to the mailing list. Read our terms and conditions
  • send your posting to the correct list - only send general news items to Arts News and only job vacancies to Arts Jobs
  • keep your posting to the point - no more than 350 words; a summary with contact details for further information is often adequate
  • do not send attached files, PDFs, images or logos
  • avoid sending duplicate, repeat or similar postings within a short space of time; this may result in your posting being rejected by the list administrator
  • postings are generally moderated and approved within three working days, excluding weekends and bank holidays when there may be a longer delay

If you need any further information, please try our FAQ page.

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